Posted April 03, 2012 on
The Fighting Illini football coaching staff continues to bring in top prospects for unofficial visits during spring practices, and its efforts are not limited to upcoming seniors. Indianapolis Pike 2014 receiver Dominique Booth watched Monday's practice. He is on a tour of Midwest schools and received an Illini offer while visiting.
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Last year, the Fighting Illini football team had a superstar defensive end in Whitney Mercilus, who is now poised to be a high NFL draft choice. But part of why he found openings for his numerous sacks was the play of tackle Glenn Foster. The undersized Foster sacrificed personal glory to help the team, and he is now ready for some of his own limelight.
The Fighting Illini football team continued spring ball Wednesday with its 11th practice. Head coach Tim Beckman is still upbeat as his players continue to learn new systems so they can relax and play fast. He provided an injury update and talked about some of the positives and negatives before Wednesday's practice.
#85 Whitney Mercilus DE, Illinois
2011 Consensus All-American
2011 1st Team All-BIG 10
2011: 13 starts, 28 SOLO, 29 AST, 57 TOT, 22.5 TFL, 16.0 SCK, 9 FF
2010: 13 games, 2 starts, 16 TCK, 3.0 TFL, 1 SCK, 2 HURRIES, 2 FF,
2009: 11 games, 8 TCK, 3.5 TFL, 1 SCK
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The first season for new Illini head coach John Groce just got a lot tougher. He’ll be without his big 7 foot post presence in Center Meyers Leonard, who declared for the NBA Draft.
His sounds-like-it-tested-well-with-focus-groups statement regarding the matter:
“This was a very difficult decision because I love the University of Illinois. But I feel the timing is right for...
The Fighting Illini defense enjoyed a tremendous 2011 season. But one likely starter didn't begin to show what he could do until late in the season. Ashante Williams was the scheduled starter at SAM, now called "Star," when he had a setback that forced him to the sidelines. He is now back in good graces and ready to make his final season a memorable one.
The Fighting Illini football team resumed spring practices Monday in Memorial Stadium. It was closed as usual, but head coach Tim Beckman updated the team's progress to date. Depth at tackle is a major concern; there are no easy answers if injuries take their toll. But Beckman remains upbeat as he puts his squad through its paces.